Heavy Duty Pain Meds Missing From Coroner’s Office, Inside Job Suspected

October 31, 2012 11:10 PM

Heavy Duty Pain Meds Missing From Coroner’s Office, Inside Job Suspected
" DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A CBS4 investigation has learned that thousands of dollars worth of narcotics and pain pills are missing from what was thought to be a secure storeroom at the Douglas County Coroner’s Office and are presumed to have been stolen.

“Those pills didn’t grow legs and walk out of here on their own,” said Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas.

Thomas, who was elected coroner in 2010, said the missing meds were discovered in September when she and her staff conducted an inventory and found that thousands of pills investigators had confiscated years earlier from death scenes were gone. She believes the medications were stolen well before she became coroner.

“I believe there could have been a significant value” to the missing medications, said Thomas.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirms it has launched a criminal investigation into the missing meds.

“I was able to confirm that we are investigating missing medications from the coroner’s office,” wrote Sgt. Ron Hanavan "

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